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With its effortlessly cool feel, vibrant culture and stunning architecture, it’s no surprise people are finally realising Miami is a contender in America’s great cities. At PostSnap, we’re big believers in there’s no better way to share your vacation photos than creating your own postcards with them. Our free app allows you to send your own postcards straight from your phone no matter where you are in the world. PostSnap means no stamps and no hunting for post boxes is needed so you can spend your time soaking up the city vibes.

 

We’ve rounded up the top five things to see on your vacation to Miami, and the absolute best shots to take for perfect postcards back home!

 

 

  • Everglades National Park

 

No trip to Miami is complete without a day trip to Everglades National Park. One of the most renowned locations for wildlife in the USA, the Everglades consists of 1.5 million acres of wetlands, marshes and mangrove forest. The entrance to the park at Homestead is an hour’s drive away and it’s only a short drive on to trails, lookouts and abundant wildlife. We recommend taking shots of walkways that stretch out into miles of greenery, views from observation towers (we recommend the Shark Valley Observation Tower) and of course the iconic airboats that are easily the best way to see the wildlife on offer. Bicycles can also be rented out: the flatness of the park makes it the perfect place for a bike ride.


Perfect For: Explorers & Wannabe David Attenbourghs

 

  1. Wynwood Walls 

Wynwood is one of Miami’s coolest neighbourhoods but it’s main attraction is the collection of street art and murals at Wynwood Walls. This outdoor art gallery showcases some of the best street art, and is the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon admiring the art. Each wall has a unique design, and it’s a perfect spot for brightly coloured photos for your postcard. The gallery also has its own bar and kitchen, meaning it’s the perfect place to chill out and soak up the city vibes. The neighbourhood of Wynwood is also filled with cool food markets, eateries and art galleries, meaning there’s plenty to see and do. Send a postcard with shots of the street art for the perfect colourful message back home.


Perfect For: Hipsters and Art Enthusiasts.

 

  1. South Beach

A classic and an essential. Palm trees, quirky lifeguard houses and perfect white sand make this one of the most well known beaches in the world. Take photos of the beach to make everyone at home wish they were on vacay with you. South Beach is also home to dreamy art deco architecture that dominates the seafront. Essential shots include the multicolour lifeguard towers which stretch for miles up South Beach and shots of the Art Deco District. South Beach is also home to Miami’s vibrant nightlife; take shots of the art deco buildings glowing with neon and all the hustle and bustle of the city’s most iconic neighbourhood.


Perfect For: Sunworshippers & Nightowls

 

  1. Fairchild Tropical Gardens

 

Retreat to the quiet side of town by visiting the Fairchild Tropical Gardens. This expanse of tropical parkland is one of the best tropical gardens, complete with its own tram tours and a butterfly house. The collection of plants in this tropical garden is a beautiful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, and also offer an array of plants that make perfect postcards for gardeners back home and budding horticulturalists. Spend a morning here for a tropical retreat in nature not far away from the hub of the city.

 

Perfect For Plant Moms

 


  1. Little Havana

Cuba and the US’s history is long and complicated, but nowhere do the two merge so wonderfully than Little Havana, east of the city centre. This neighbourhood is home to the large Cuban diaspora and exiles , and is the perfect blend of American cool and Cuba’s latina feel. Stroll along Calle Ocho, Miami’s answer to the Hollywood Walk of Fame honouring Latina artists to see the area’s rich heritage or stop at the many food stalls and Restaurants for some of the best cuban food in the country. With the background of cigar smoke and latin music, this lively neighbourhood is a must see. Take photos of street food to make your family and friends’ mouth water or head to Domino Park for scenes of old men playing Dominos and smoking cigars.

 

Perfect for: Foodies and Budding Historians

 

Where are your favourite spots in Miami? Let us know and we’ll keep our eyes pealed. PostSnap is a free app, designed to turn your photos into lovely things that makes it easier to stay in touch. Whether you’re on the other side of the world and sending a postcard back home or you need a last minute birthday card, our easy to use app has got you covered. Download today from the app store or head to www.postsnap.com to make your first postcard!

 

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10 Best Places For A Weekend Away!

Who doesn’t love exploring new places? While we love London, (who doesn’t) the place can be expensive and we’re always up for exploring the best of what the UK has to offer! Whether you need inspiration for your next day out or a long weekend away, we at PostSnap have scouted around for the UK’s best getaways! What’s more is that with PostSnap, we offer real postcards so you can use your own photos to keep in touch with your friends and family while on your travels and send a card back home from anywhere in the world!

BATH

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About 10 miles away from Bristol, the historic city of Bath is a beacon for all culture vultures. Whether it’s the Roman Baths or the American Museum and Gardens in Claverton, this Georgian spa town is perfect for anyone looking for a slice of history. The town is brimming with culture but also offers plenty for foodies and shoppers alike. The highlights obviously include the Roman Baths, The Circus and The Abbey, but plenty of independent shops, bars and cafes fill the Georgian streets. Visit in the festive season for the sprawling Bath Christmas Market, but all year around Bath is a breathtaking city to spend a weekend.

MARGATE

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Seaside towns get a bad name, but none have pulled their socks up in recent years like Margate. While not as classy or elegant as the likes of Brighton, this Kent town two hours away from London has had a hipster makeover with the opening of many vintage shops in the town centre, craft ale bars and the re-opening of Dreamland, an amusement park that also showcases vintage funfair rides. The park is also a venue for gigs and DJ sets across the year. Margate is also home to the Turner Contemporary Gallery, a modern art museum, much of the catalyst of the town’s regeneration. While it may have a long way to go, we can’t wait to see how this seaside town staple grows!

OXFORD

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Home of one of the most prestigious universities in the world, it’s no wonder that Oxford is a great place to spend getting lost in museums. Whether it’s one of the many art galleries or the renowned Ashmolean Museum, Oxford is not just a place of learning for its students! There’s also the botanical gardens which date back to 1621, the oldest in the UK. A visit to Oxford would not be complete without stops at the world famous colleges and of course the Bodleian Library, the second largest library in the UK. Finish your day wondering through the city centre, soaking up the architecture or visiting one of the many cafes that house students all year around.

BIRMINGHAM  

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Britain’s second city gets a bad reputation, however the city brims with surprising culture that means it has earnt a spot on our list. The city is currently undergoing extensive regeneration, and the city is now a hub for lively bars and hidden gems. The city has not one but two Botanical Gardens; the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses and then the hidden Winterbourne House and Garden next to the University. The University of Birmingham is also host to an impressive fossil collection at The Lapworth Museum of Geology, fine art at The Barber Institute and the tallest freestanding clock-tower in the world (for now!). The city centre has its own museum that has regularly rotating exhibitions and a growing number of fine dining options and bars. You will be surprised by what the second city has to offer. So why not spend a weekend exploring it.

CARDIFF

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The Welsh capital hides under the radar but Cardiff is one of our top picks at the office for a weekend getaway. The city centre arcades are home to coffee brewers, vintage shops and delicatessens, perfect for wandering through. An impressive castle in the middle of town sits guarding Bute Park & Arboretum, which hosts the RHA’s flower show in Cardiff. Head downtown to the bay for the iconic Millenium Centre, a cutesy Norwegian Church turned art gallery and plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you busy well into the night. The nearby suburb of Penarth also offers the perfect seaside break if you’re in need of some sunshine and of course, there’s Barry Island where everyone’s favourite sitcom, Gavin & Stacey was partly filmed.

PORTMEIRION

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If you’re in North Wales, for a day head down to  the model village of Portmeirion three miles from Porthmadog. Built by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis, this picturesque village was purposely built to resemble an idyllic Italian town. It was also the backdrop for the iconic cult classic TV show The Prisoner, a fact the village celebrates with it’s own convention each year and official merchandise that can be bought at one of the village shops. Even if you’re not a fan of 1960s TV, the town is painted in bright colours making it a perfect quirky day out to see something a bit different.

YORK

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York is a patchwork of history. From the Romans, to the Vikings to modern day, York boasts more things to see and do peer square mile than any other UK city. The National Railway Museum is just outside of the train station, a perfect place to keep the kids entertained for a while. There’s also plenty of ways to explore the town’s history, weather it’s the Viking Experience, the chocolate experience or a walk around the medieval walls. Of course there’s the iconic minster which dominates the city skyline in the middle of town. York is also filled with cobbled streets lined with shops and taverns serving real ale from across the country, so there’s something no matter what time of day to keep you occupied. Just watch out for the geese.

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Windswept beaches and cutesy fishing villages dominate the Cornish coastline, but arguably none are as dreamy as the towns at the mouth of the Camel River. The villages of Padstow, Port Isaac and Polzeath combine to make this beautiful section of Cornwall. Padstow, the largest of this  become notorious for its association with Rick Stein, and tourists flock to this food lovers’ destination. The town boasts itself as an ideal place for watersports such as rock-pooling, bodyboarding and even surfing. The neighbouring town across the river of Rock is a popular spot for lunch and watersports, whilst Polzeath, a short drive away is a notorious surfspot, but is also perfect for beach lovers and summer walks along the South West Coastal Path.

THE LAKE DISTRICT

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A cliched choice, but there’s a reason thousands of Britons flock to this destination in the north of England and here’s why you should too. First of all, the Lakes are some of the most stunning landscapes Britain has to offer, perfect for walking holidays and long road trips through the countryside. Other outdoor activities such as climbing also are right at home here amongst the dramatic natural landscape. For those less active, the regions has a number of small towns and historical attractions. Famous writers like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter all made the Lake District their home and their houses are now open to the public. Towns like Keswick, Windermere and nearby Kendall offer picturesque hubs in the otherwise rural National Park.

EDINBURGH

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Scotland’s capital is a beautiful alternative to weekends away in London. On the edge of a dormant volcano, the city has sprawling neighbourhoods with plenty on offer for everyone. The old town is home to the medieval castle, a perfect place to start your walk down the legendary Royal Mile. The old town is also thought to be the inspiration for Harry Potter locations such as Diagon Alley, but the winding streets are perfect places to wander around. Edinburgh’s new town is equally as stunning, with Georgian neoclassical architecture. Alongside its history as a hub for Enlightenment philosophers, this architecture is what gave it its nickname “The Athens of The North”. Other neighbourhoods add a unique charm to the city, such as Deans Village and the waterside suburb of Leith has been named one of the world’s trendiest new neighbourhoods. It’s a perfect choice for explorers, shoppers and history nerds alike.

Wherever you go, why not send a real postcard to your friends and family back home to keep them updated on all the places you explore?  PostSnap allows you to use your own photos to send real printed postcards to anyone in the world, meaning no matter where you are, there’s an easy and affordable way to stay in touch while out on your travels. No more searching cities for stamps and a postbox, so more time can be spent seeing the sights!

PostSnap is free to download and if you have Apple Pay there’s no need to sign up! You can also find us and our products at our website optimised for mobiles at www.postsnap.co.uk .

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Send a postcard to Summer camp

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Summer camp season is upon us! While your little one is having the time of their lives, remind them you’re thinking of them by sending a personalised postcard.

You could even send one early so they have a warm welcome card to put a smile on their face during this fun – but perhaps slightly scary – adventure. Personalise your card with funny stories, photos and words of advice and we’ll send it straight to camp.

Then upon their return, make a souvenir card to remember their amazing time away!

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#SelfieDay: How to discover your best selfie

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Today isn’t just June 21, 2017. It’s selfie day! National Selfie Day was established by a DJ in 2014. I know every day is selfie day (#fabulous #instagramthat #bestside) but today means a selfie is a must!

 

What do I need in order to get my selfie game on point?

  • Selfie day 2017 selfie stick goals#Phone
    (this is compulsory)
  • #Selfiestick
    (optional, and generally frowned upon by the public)
  • #Socialmedia
    (if a selfie isn’t posted and shared… Did it even happen?)
  • #Postsnap
    (to send your #selfieday selfie on a postcard to Granny who isn’t on FB or Insta.)

 

So many angles! So many options!
Here are some ideas to try for your best #selfieday selfie:

  1. #creativeselfie: Mirror-reflection selfie 
    Selfie day 2017 in the mirror
  2. #idc: ‘I don’t even care’/’bored’ selfie 
    Selfie day 2017 too cool to care
  3. #superserious: Intense selfie 
    Selfie day 2017 serious
  4. #waterproofcamera: Underwater selfie 
    Selfie day 2017 under water
  5. #bff: Couples/group selfie 
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  6. #oldschool #postsnap: Postcard selfie! 
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Let us know what your best selfie is on Facebook! Get your selfie stick out and have Happy Selfie Day!

 

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Smooth sailing: Send postcards from land or sea

Sending postcards from a cruise shipIf you have internet, you can send a personalised postcard. You could be on a P&O cruise liner from Southampton to Belgium, or on a Condor Ferry from Poole to Guernsey and still create and send postcards with the Postsnap app.

Isn’t technology magical these days.

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Share your selfie in the form of a postcard from land or sea

Having a holiday at sea can be as long or as short as you wish. A Saturday trip to Brownsea Island might be just enough for you and your family. Or, perhaps a week-long cruise would be your ideal summer getaway. Either way, you needn’t feel far from home as most ferry and cruise services offer WiFi.

By the end of your two-day cruise trip, you could come home to your postcards sitting on your welcome mat. A perfect souvenir to remember your incredible family getaway.

Send postcards everywhere, from anywhere* using Postsnap.

*So long as you have internet. 🙂
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Friends send postcards as a random act of kindness

When you’re away from Mum and Dad, or your boyfriend, girlfriend or best friend, you could be tempted to text or Facebook message them. But why not send a postcard instead? It’s one of those little gestures – those random acts of kindness – that means a little more that just a text on cyberspace.

Send a postcard to say…

  • ‘Remember that time when we wore the same outfit.’ Send a postcard to remind your friend of when you wore the same thingEveryone’s done it. Remind them by sending a silly personalised postcard, with a message on the back that comments on how snappy you both looked.
  • ‘Wish you were here.’
    With a photo of something right in front of you that reminded you of them.

Here’s a tip: Postcards are also a great way to print and keep your favourite photos.

  • ‘Thank you for being you’
    You may not see them all the time, but a postcard can be that little surprise that brightens up their day for no reason at all. Or, thank you for the Easter eggs they sent over the weekend. If this is the case, then feel free to use the promo code THANKS20 for 20% off of your Easter thank you cards. (Expires April 27, 2017.)
  • ‘Remember me?’Send a postcard to show your adventures.Get back in touch with an old friend via a postcard to say you’re in town.
  • ‘I love you!’
    Send a love letter in the form of a postcard, or send a photo of where you are with a message that says no matter where I am in the world, I’m still thinking of you‘. ??  ??

I tend to get so excited that I’ve sent a Postsnap postcard to my parents, that I promptly email them to tell them that I’ve sent a postcard. If it’s that fun to create and send postcards, then it’ll feel even better to receive one.

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Thank you for coming to our wedding guest cards

Sending postcards while on holiday is a welcome surprise for friends and family to receive. But you can do so much more with postcards than sending a beach selfie. From wedding invites to birth announcements, postcards are novel, fun and personal for every occasion.

Thank you
‘Thank you for coming to our wedding.’ 
Sending a photo with your thank you message has proved easy to do on postcards. Use your favourite photo of your special day, to say ‘thanks for sharing it with us’. Or, simply say ‘thank you for being looking after the kids’ during the school holidays.Thank you for coming to our wedding guest cards

Top tip: Choose our larger 8×5 postcards for your most special photos

Marketing
‘Thanks for choosing us.’
A trend that I’ve noticed, is far from the likes of sending holiday snaps to family. Postcards are also being used by businesses to launch new products and to promote deals or events. It is an easy and personal form of targeted marketing. They’re being sent through new clients’ and customers’ front doors, not in the form of flyers, but as glossy postcards.Send a business marketing postcard

 

New baby announcement
‘It’s a boy!’
Welcome your baby into the world by sending friends and family a postcard to announce the new arrival. Choose your cutest photos with your choice of text for the personal touch.Welcome baby announcement cards

Invitations
‘You’re invited to my birthday party.’
Although Postsnap has dedicated invitation cards for this very purpose, I’ve noticed  postcards are proving popular. Postcards are easy to duplicate in order to send to multiple people, and the fact they aren’t sent with envelopes makes them novelty items to keep.Personalised Birthday party invitations

 

Have fun and get creative with Postsnap’s postcard range. They’re high-quality with a gloss finish, perfect for any occasion. So, get snapping and start sending!

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Picture postcards have been in existence since the 1800s, but the overall appearance of postcards has hardly changed.

What the size of a Postcard is

A traditional photo postcard comprises of a century-old postcard template of a photo on the front and a message and address on the back.

Once made of thin wood, these envelope-free messages are now made from thick, sturdy card. They are still a novel form of communication, and are often kept as souvenirs.

Weird fact: The study and collection of postcards is termed deltiology.

What size is a postcard?

The standard size of a postcard is 6 x 4. This is the sized postcards typically found at holiday resorts and sent home to friends and family. However there is a growing trend to send personalised postcards using the sender’s own photos. (I know I would prefer to send my own photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, rather than a boring stock photo.) It’s a grand example of old traditions being improved and updated to match today’s tech-savvy culture.

Send family a postcard from Postsnap appApp-based personalised photo postcard services are an increasingly popular way to send personalised postcards home while travelling. Postsnap offers standard-sized A6 postcards and larger postcards, which are 210 x 148mm or 8 x 6 inches. These A5 sized postcards are gloss laminated to protect them in the post, and the photos are so vivid that they are often displayed in frames by recipients.

These postcard dimensions are equivalent to an A6 piece of paper, which is approximately one quarter of an A4 sheet of paper.

Mixing the old with the new, postcards are a medium that are particularly adaptable to modern culture, and will surely remain a special way to communicate with family and friends in years to come.

Whether they’re near or far, postcards are the perfect ‘thinking of you’ gesture.

Send a PostcardDownload our Postcard App

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